Stir Fried Bitter Melon with Fermented Black Beans - This quick, tasty, and healthy side dish will surprise you with its beautiful simplicity and rich flavor. #glutenfree #chinese #healthy
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Stir Fried Bitter Melon with Fermented Black Beans

This quick, tasty, and healthy side dish will surprise you with its beautiful simplicity and rich flavor. {Gluten-Free adaptable, Vegetarian}
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 75kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 (1 lbs / 450 g) medium or 3 small bitter melons
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 dried chili pepper , broken into 2 to 3 pieces (Optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons fermented black beans , coarsely chopped (or black bean sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  • Remove and discard the ends of the bitter melons. Halve lengthwise, and scoop out seeds and pith with a small metal spoon and discard. Slice crosswise into 1/4” (6 mm) half-moon pieces.
  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the bitter melon slices. Let cook for 30 seconds or so, until half-cooked. Drain the bitter melon with a colander and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick pan (or a wok) over medium-high heat until hot. Add the dried chili pepper (if using), garlic, and fermented black beans, stir a few times until fragrant. Add the blanched bitter melon slices and stir for 1 minute or so. Add soy sauce and sugar. Stir until the bitter melon is just tender, 1 minute or so. Taste the bitter melon. Sprinkle with more salt and stir again, if needed. Once done, transfer everything to a plate.
  • Serve hot as a side.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.4g | Protein: 1.6g | Fat: 3.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 3.6g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.4mg